Summer is here and with it comes my absolute time of the year – the very long days which beg for sunset gin & tonics, sea, pools and sand (which require the appropriate footwear and sun protection). And fabulous hotels to try for the first time… or return to for the fifteenth.
Without further ado, here are my Top 5 Destinations for Summer 2017.
I first visited Halkidiki, located an hour from Thessaloniki, in Greece’s mainland 2 years ago, and really enjoyed my visit to Ikos Olivia. This year, Sovereign has challenged me to preview the stunning Sani Dunes which opened at the end of June and was a revelation in many ways. Owned by the same company, I must confess I was very impressed with this hotel and the Sani resort. You were able to follow this trip live across my social channels.
Every Summer, I return to Portugal and my week is pretty much the same: 2 nights in the Alentejo, 5 nights in the Algarve and 1 night in Lisbon. It is part of my pre-nuptial agreement with Mr. O and we have never failed once.
This year, I wanted to try something new in Alentejo and asked my readers on Facebook – the answer was clear. Mrs. O has to try Sao Lourenco do Barrocal – and something tells me I will really enjoy it.
Same old, same old – but with new rooms (I first reviewed them 2 years ago) and a place where most people actually know me (and have no idea I am Mrs. O). The Pine Cliffs, A Luxury Collection Resort is better than ever and we look forward to returning. Friends and family will join us, as always, and I cannot wait.
Santa Barbara, California
Summer was the first Summer in 12 years where we did not go to California – my father passed away, my sister got married and we just couldn’t. But this year we are going back for over 2 weeks, and our first stop will be the lovely Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara. I haven’t been to a Belmond I have not loved (most recently, La Residencia in Mallorca) and I am very much looking forward.
Palm Springs, California
That place I went to by mistake and have been returning to every Summer. My plans are open at the moment as friends are deciding when and who can join us – and that will impact the villa we will choose. Last time we stayed at The Blue Door and loved it – this year, we will see! What I know is that I am looking forward to a whole week in this part of the world.
Where are you going this Summer?